NPR on Hurricane Sandy: Has Climate Change Created A Monster?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

But hey, let’s not politicize a storm or anything.

It was not a good year for people, weather and climate. The winter was strangely warm in many places and the summer ridiculously hot. As a large fraction of the country suffered through extreme or even extraordinary drought many folks naturally wondered, “Is this climate change?” Then along came a presidential election in which the words “climate change” disappeared from the dialogue. Now, just a week or so before voting day, the convergence of westbound Hurricane Sandy with a eastbound cold front is creating a massive storm, a Frankenstorm even, that is threatening millions of Americans. Weird weather is making yet another appearance in our lives and once again we ask, “Is this climate change?”

The hyper-charged political landscape we are crossing now creates its own sparks when trying to answer that question. In a world looking for “wake-up calls” and “smoking guns,” how do scientists address the thorny issue of attribution? Did anthropogenic climate change cause the storm that rained out your picnic yesterday? Is it causing the terrifying storm crawling up the East Coast now? There are deep, powerful and potent issues here that touch on both science and the relationship between science and politics.

Let’s start with the science.

And it’s settled, of course. You’ll never guess who helpfully linked this story.


3 Responses to “NPR on Hurricane Sandy: Has Climate Change Created A Monster?”

  1. Rich K on 29/29/12 at 7:15 pm

    Gee, color me shocked and amazed that ManBearPig is still spewing his blather. Must be cause his own news outlet is going Banko and he needs support from the land of loons in the MSM.

  2. Ross Newton on 29/29/12 at 8:06 pm

    Listened to a meteorologist on the radio last week. He said this storm has nothing to do with global warming. He said the big question was not why is this storm happening now, but why hadn’t it happened before. This storm is long overdue.

  3. spepper on 30/30/12 at 9:40 am

    You had to know someone would stoop to this fictitious nonsense sooner or later. Blaming humans (especially those of a certain political or philosophical stripe) for a completely natural disaster. Absolutely no surprise it comes via NPR. Nincompoop Political Radio.